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2014 S3 driving impressions
« on: March 13, 2014, 09:52:13 am »
Got "talked into" having a new S3 Sportback overnight last week.

Think "baby RS6" in many ways. Shatteringly quick, woofly exhaust note, dial your suspension settings (forget Dynamic unless you're on the track or your fillings are glued with Araldite).

Benefits hugely from the weight reduction of the new chassis - "only" 1430kg which these days qualifies as a lightweight.

The mid-range acceleration is spectacular - flick past anything pretty much anywhere, and expect other road users to think you're nuts and react accordingly............ some people simply can't bear to see others going past :)

Downsides? Steering is remote and numb. Rects well and is accurate but no drivers tool (unfortunately all too common in modern cars. And no manual option in NZ - OK I know the DSG is about 0.4s quicker to 100kph, but I'd happily trade that for what is becoming a tragically rare feature for driver involvement - and be honest - if you're looking at a car like this, unless you are of the "my car's quicker than yours" variety, what you are looking for is Evoness, or "the thrill of driving" - DSG fails on this point.

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Re: 2014 S3 driving impressions
« Reply #1 on: March 13, 2014, 10:40:59 am »
Handling ?

Understeer, understeer, understeer or is there some newfound adjustability ?

Now go back and get a new Golf R for comparison.

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Re: 2014 S3 driving impressions
« Reply #2 on: March 13, 2014, 11:34:16 am »
Handling ?

Understeer, understeer, understeer or is there some newfound adjustability ?

Now go back and get a new Golf R for comparison.

 ;D

Feels very neutral but as I was on busyish public roads exploring the limits would have been seriously illegal and probably dangerous - need the track for that. Which really means probably not that crucial to a purchasing decision unless you're looking for a track tool, and this is definitely not what I would be buying it for.

Given the difference in price between the R and the S3 isn't huge, I'd go with the 4 rings everytime - but then I'm biased ;)
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Re: 2014 S3 driving impressions
« Reply #3 on: March 13, 2014, 12:13:58 pm »


The mid-range acceleration is spectacular - flick past anything pretty much anywhere, and expect other road users to think you're nuts and react accordingly............ some people simply can't bear to see others going past :)



 ;D

People flash their lights, wave fists, some even speed up to near the speed limit! Its like you woke them up or something.

The S3 is a good looking car, a good amount of aggression whilst still staying classy, there is a lady in her 40's driving one around Pukekohe, I'm sure it holds the groceries well.



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Re: 2014 S3 driving impressions
« Reply #4 on: March 13, 2014, 12:41:15 pm »
;D

People flash their lights, wave fists, some even speed up to near the speed limit! Its like you woke them up or something.

The S3 is a good looking car, a good amount of aggression whilst still staying classy, there is a lady in her 40's driving one around Pukekohe, I'm sure it holds the groceries well.




That's because going fast is inherently dangerous. Hasn't that police campaign taught you anything? :D
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Re: 2014 S3 driving impressions
« Reply #5 on: March 13, 2014, 01:05:51 pm »
That's because going fast is inherently dangerous. Hasn't that police campaign taught you anything? :D

My road speed is consistently 100-105kph EXCEPT when overtaking - despite how idiot police officers enforce overtaking within the limit I choose to do it safely.
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Re: 2014 S3 driving impressions
« Reply #6 on: March 13, 2014, 02:08:13 pm »
You don't overtake at 5kph more than the car in front, being on the wrong side of the road for a couple of km, but within the limit? :D
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Re: 2014 S3 driving impressions
« Reply #7 on: March 13, 2014, 02:29:35 pm »
You don't overtake at 5kph more than the car in front, being on the wrong side of the road for a couple of km, but within the limit? :D

Nah ;).

Cops haven't heard of TED - in the S3 it's about 0.8s ;)
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Re: 2014 S3 driving impressions
« Reply #9 on: March 13, 2014, 02:32:20 pm »
I don't think they'll need to make the RS3 much quicker, but needs more "in yer face" styling and definitely more road feel and rawness - even at the expense of some refinement........and I know my main wish, a manual gearbox, won't happen here.
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Re: 2014 S3 driving impressions
« Reply #10 on: March 13, 2014, 03:10:22 pm »
Given the difference in price between the R and the S3 isn't huge, I'd go with the 4 rings everytime - but then I'm biased ;)

You can get the new Golf R with a manual gearbox...

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I'm not a fan of the new S3's snouty look, I prefer the old shape.

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